There has been no shortage of critics of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, many of whom have been on the right. One of the most prominent of Trump’s conservative critics, syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer, has had few positive words to say about the New York billionaire, but Wednesday, his tune changed a bit.
Speaking of Trump’s decision to announce 11 potential judges he may nominate for the Supreme Court if elected, Krauthammer told Fox News Channel’s Brett Baier, “I think it’ll have a dramatic effect [on bringing the GOP together]. The one thing holding back people who’ve resisted supporting Trump — or at least the major thing — is the fear of what a Clinton presidency would do to the Supreme Court and how it would change it for a generation.”
Krauthammer believes the list, which included Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett, has a collection of candidates that are “quite sterling.” Most of the judges on the list were either federal judges appointed by George W. Bush, or have clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas or the late Justice Antonin Scalia. This would seemingly give all of these judges legitimate conservative bonafides in the eyes of the Republican base, and perhaps make them more likely to vote for Trump in November.
The move is a smart one, according to Krauthammer, but Trump’s proclamation that his Supreme Court appointee would “most likely” be selected from that list — leaving the door open to him picking someone else – could lead to some skepticism over how committed he is to actually appointing a conservative nominee.
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